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Shooting the Past (1999)

A US property developer realises that he has a battle on his hands when he tries to renovate a London building containing a vast photographic collection and discovers that the library ... See full summary »

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Stephen Poliakoff
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lindsay Duncan ... Marilyn Truman
Timothy Spall ... Oswald Bates
Liam Cunningham ... Christopher Anderson
Billie Whitelaw ... Veronica
Emilia Fox ... Spig
Arj Barker ... Garnett
Blake Ritson ... Nick
Sheila Dunne Sheila Dunne ... Molly (as Sheila Dunn)
Jean Channon Jean Channon ... Dinner Lady
Jennifer House Jennifer House ... Dinner Lady
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Doctor (as Geoffery Beevers)
Lesley McGuire Lesley McGuire ... Nurse (as Leslie McGuire)
Andy Serkis ... Styeman
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A US property developer realises that he has a battle on his hands when he tries to renovate a London building containing a vast photographic collection and discovers that the library employees will resort to anything to thwart him. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Valokuvien vangit See more »

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TalkBack Productions See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The fictional photographic collection is based on (and the pictures seen are taken from) the BBC Hulton Picture Library (which began as the photographic archive of the famous Picture Post magazine). This collection is now part of Getty Images. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two different versions were released: a UK version consisting of one 70-minute episode and one 152-minute episode and an overseas version consisting of three 75-minute episodes. See more »

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Extraordinary Television!
9 December 1999 | by filmex-2See all my reviews

For all the talk these days that the BBC isn't what it used to be, it would be hard to prove by this exceptional film. A brilliant examination of the power of photographs to chronicle, the mysteries and stories captured within their still frames, and the mystical and evocative powers moments frozen in time can manifest.

A superb creation from a writer-director whom I shall certainly seek out in the future. The entire ensemble is letter perfect, and the film does a wonderful job of alternately moving one to tears, then later creating tension that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Is it any wonder that US television films come off as hackneyed when compared to superlative efforts such as this. One of the best films I have seen this year in any medium.


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